Fridaynightflight wins Fox Stake
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Fridaynightflight, a son of Panspacificflight out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Ramblin Rosie, won the $53,372 Fox Stake for 2-year-old pacers Thursday afternoon at Indiana Downs. Fridaynightflight was driven to the 1:52.4 victory by Peter Wrenn, whose five winners on the 10-race program also included One In A Million, a half sister to world champion Snow White.
Just five freshmen lined up behind the gate for the Fox and Wrenn got away fourth from the outside starting spot. After the Trace Tetrick-driven Damon Blue Chip reached the half in :57.1, Wrenn tipped Fridaynightflight and the first-year pacer quickly took flight, securing the front shortly past the 1:25 three quarters. Pacing a final panel of :27.4, Fridaynightflight drew clear over Damon Blue Chip to win by 2 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Roger Welch, Fridaynightflight won his two baby races at Balmoral Park in June but then finished fifth in his pari-mutuel debut on July 1 at Hoosier Park. But in his four subsequent starts including the Fox, he has two wins, one second and one third. The other victory came in an Indiana Sire Stakes leg Aug. 3 at Indiana Downs.
A $47,000 yearling purchase by Welch, William DeLong and William Patrick DeLong from breeder Nina Paddock, Fridaynightflight increased his career earnings to $54,282 with his Fox victory.
One In A Million, a $200,000 yearling purchase by SGS Partners, Mel Hartman, Perretti Racing Stable and KR Breeding from breeder Moni Market Breeders, cruised to a 6 ¾-length, 1:58.1 win in the $31,532 Ralph Wilfong Trot. Trained by Scott Andrews, the win came in the career debut for the son of Donato Hanover out of the Pine Chip mare Mom’s Millionaire after a first and third in two baby-race starts.
The Thursday card was moved to Indiana Downs from the Indiana State Fairgrounds when racing had to be canceled this week in the aftermath of last weekend’s tragedy when the infield stage collapsed during a thunderstorm and killed five people and injured dozens other attendees at a Sugarland concert.
Here are the other winners on the race card: